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the last presidential -- the first presidential debate. obama now at 45%, romney at 49%. that's a significant shift from before the debate when the president was ahead by eight points, 51% to 43%. but let's dig a little bit deeper right now. this question, all likely voters who were asked answered, obama doesn't know how to turn the economy around, do you agree or disagree? 54% said they agree with that. 44% they say disagree. that sounds like trouble for the president's reelection campaign. >> that does. that number -- first of all, the top-line numbers are surprising because i believe pew has been a pr pre-pro obama poll. pew's been pretty good for obama. the top-line numbers are really surprising. have to see if other polls show the same thing. but as you point out, that's the key number, the economy. how does obama get out of this box of voters being not happy with the economy? but up until now, willing to perhaps give him another chance. i'm surprised. i'm surprised the debate turned things around, if they indeed have, that quickly. obama has two more debates to turn thin
presidential debate with new questions about the obama administration's handling of the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. the question is what would a big night look like exactly? >>> and a tight game in ph
to the white house coverage continues with president obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney. at rallies in virginia. then a conversation with syndicated columnist ann coulter. >> the bureau of labor statistics has announced that the u.s. unemployment rate has dropped from 8.1% to 7.8% in september. the lowest level since january, 2009. president obama spoke about the job pick fewer at this rally at george mason university in fairfax, virginia. it's about 30 minutes. >> hello, everybody! [cheers and applause] ♪ hello, george mason! [cheers and applause] hello, patriots! [cheers and applause] good to see you guys. thank you. thank you. [cheers and applause] thank you! thank you. thank you so much. thank you. [cheers and applause] thank you. everybody, have a seat. have a seat. thank you. well, it is good to be here. i am so proud to have katherine's support. can you give her a big round of applause for that great introduction. [applause] it's also good to know that we've got the former governor and next united states senator from the commonwealth of virginia, tim kaine! and
the first presidential debate. president obama's campaign trying to lower expectations by saying he is at the disadvantage. >> now challengers tend to do really well in debate. that's been moment we believed all along governor romney probably has more benefit out of this debate potentially than we do. >> gretchen: republican vp nominee paul ryan agrees and says mitt romney will show voters there is a clear choice. >> people will see is who is mitt romney? what kind a president will be and what are the choices i have? that, to me s what matters in this debate and alt debates, which is i know what president obama has done. i know all of these empty promise, broken promises. i know about the ugly stagnant economy. what is mitt romney and paul ryan offering? that's what we'll get out of wednesday. >> gretchen: the denver debate will focus on domestic policy. >>> the search for a houston mom ending in tragedy. police found her body in odessa, texas, more than 500 miles away from her apartment. her ex-boyfriend reportedly led authorities to her remains and is under investigation. no murde
country. arena. i welcome you to the first presidential debate between president barack obama and the republican nominee mitt romney. this debate and the next three are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. about domestic issues and will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six 15-minute segments with two-minute answers the segment. thousands of people offered suggestions on questions via the internet and other means. i made the final selections. they were not submitted for approval to the commission or the candidates. the economy -- one each on health care, the role oftre will be an emphasis throughout on differences, specifics, and choices. closing statements. the audience has promised to remain silent. no cheers, applause, or other candidates have to say. [applause] welcome to you both. let's start with the economy. segment one. let's begin with jobs. what are the major differences between the two of you about how you would go about creating new jobs? you have two minutes each to start. the coin toss has determined that mr. president goes
, and very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with debate prep. president obama and his republican rival mitt romney are both getting ready for their first face to face presidential debate in denver wednesday night. romney is holding a rally in the mile-high city today, while the president gears up in nevada. nbc's tracy potts joins us with washington from the latest. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we get an interesting perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared candidates and in his prediction, few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are downplaying expectations. a senior aide to the president says romney will be prepared, disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the presi
cases. >> wednesday, president obama and mitt romney meet in their first presidential debate. watch and engage with c-span with our lives debate preview at 7:00 p.m. eastern. on c-span, both candidates on the screen for the entire debate. following, your reaction, calls, e-mails, and tweets. >> coming up on c-span, journalist howard kurtz looks at the role of social and media in the elections. texas senate's debate. later, a presidential debate preview. >> i have all the channels. author, book reviews, speeches, those types of things. if i know a bill is coming up on the floor of the house, i watch which channel i want to see, because i have them all. if there is a speech that i know you have covered or a book review, i am going to watch that. when i want to find out something, that is going to be one of the first places i look. i am obviously a public broadcasting fan. i watched those channels. out of a couple hundred channels, i probably have five or 10 that i go to. it will include all of the c- span channels. >> he watches c-span on direct tv. created in 1979, brought to you as
is gone from his speech. short term positives are there for president obama but long term you look at the historical numbers in terms of unemployment in presidential reelection years and depth of the political challenges are great here. >> heather: i'll ask you more about historically in a moment but the numbers have been called into question. there is actually a huge disconnect between the modest of new jobs report and significant decrease in the unemployment rate. jack welch, he went to as far to suggest that the numbers may be manipulated by the obama administration. do you think that the numbers add up? >> i think the suggestion that the numbers was cooked is relatively ridiculous. that being said. economists at the labor department will admit freely that there is a lot of margin of error in these numbers. a month after each job report these numbers are revised upward or downward. the question of the number came out of the household survey, 800,000 plus number, there is a lot of margin for error, possibly as much as 400,000. that is admitted by folks within the labor department
and stands in the face of staggering numbers from the barack obama campaign reporting last month they collected over $181 million. that does not rival what obama did four years ago in october, before the 2008 presidential election, but is still a massive amount of money, last night, talking to the romney campaign and the big fund-raising dollars the obama campaign was putting up, romney staffers smiled as if to suggest they might top it. >> arthel: and also a statement, romney pushing his tax policy, this weekend, right? >> reporter: of course in the wake of the debate in which the romney campaign it really defined the race, a choice between a dependency society with rising taxes that could hurt the recovery, versus the romney agenda which could cut taxes and rely fully on a smaller government and individual responsibility and entrepreneurial spirit and the romney campaign is attacking ever harder. here's a sample from last night. >> it has been calculated his tax plan raising taxes will cost 700,000 jobs. i will not raise taxes on small business and not raise taxes on middle inc
, the presidential candidates are getting ready to face off in their first debate in denver on wednesday. both president barack obama and republican candidate, mitt romney, spent the weekend preparing to go head-to-head. romney used senator portman of ohio to act as his opponent. john carrey played the president. they said both men are ready. >> i think that both are excellent in their own way. you can argue that mitt has had a lot more recent experience. >> the president has a day job. the president has been president and has not had the time to practice. all we hear about is how much mitt romney is practicing, practicing, practicing wherever he goes. >> reporter: today, president barack obama headed to las vegas while mitt romney attended church in massachusetts. >>> in afghanistan, five people are dead including two americans after a firefight broke out in the eastern part of the country. an insider attack similar to the ones that have killed dozens of nato forces. drew levenson tells us how this a tack marks a grim milestone. [gunfire] >> reporter: this weekend marked a deadly milestone
of the campaign. that cash could prove crucial, especially for ad buys in toss-up states like ohio, where obama rallied just yesterday. >>> and with one presidential debate behind them, mitt romney is already gearing up for the next face-off with president barack obama. mr. romney held a rally in virginia yesterday and today in florida, preparing for the next debate hosted by our own candy crowley. romney will also hold a rally in maryland tonight. >>> now to the new employment report. the labor department saying 114,000 jobs were created in september. and the unemployment rate fell, coming in at 7.8%. that's a drop of .3% from august. health care gave us the biggest boost in new jobs. transportation had a good month as well, with a 17,000 job gain. >> with only a month away now to the election, the big drop in unemployment has critics suggesting that the numbers may have been manipulated. we look at how the numbers are put together to find out if that's even possible. >> there are a couple things at play here. first, it's from 8.1% to 7.8%. i say forget it, erase it from your head. it doesn't
-span, c-span radio and c-span.org. next, president obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney speak at special -- separate campaign rallies in virginia. at 7:00 a.m., your calls and comments on washington journal. >> on the day after being in office, we were sitting in the oval office and harry summers, the chief economic adviser said mr. president, looking at this year's budget, you are going to have $1 trillion deficit. he said i have not done anything yet. >> we cannot keep looking our children in the eye knowing that we are going to give them a diminished future because we're spending their money today. it is a very simple idea. mitt romney and i will bring it to washington. we have got to stop spending money we do not have. we must cut spending. we must give this balanced budget and debt under control progress next thursday night, paul ryan and vice president joe biden will face of a in their only debate. from kentucky. you can watch and the gate with sees them with our live debate preview starting at 7:00 p.m. eastern. reactions, calls, and tweets at 10:30. follow our li
and attack lines that barack obama didn't. this is the second chance in the presidential debate. there is not another actual presidential debate until october 16th. bill: listen how paul ryan explains how he sees vice president joe biden. >> he is fast on the cuff. he is a witty guy. he knows who he is and been doing this for 40 years. so, you're not going to rattle joe biden. joe biden has been on the national stage. he ran for president twice as sitting vice president. bill: probably a smart strategy. what he is saying there, be careful and do not underestimate the vice president, despite a reputation for having gaffs. >> well, this is what you always do. you talk up the other guy a lot of pick pubs believe he will clean joe biden's clock. paul ryan has mastery of the federal budget and fact and details. he has a way of connecting with middle class voters especially middle class voters struggling economically. he has a way of touching them. republicans should watch out for that. bill: a lot of stories will be written how vice-presidential debates do not matter. in this case th
victory over the president in the first presidential debate. that changed the story of the whole campaign. if you have ryan defeating the vice president joe biden it would really create a story of obama-biden on the ropes. and, romney-ryan on the move. bill: the way mike murphy explains it, republican strategist on "meet the press" sunday morning, democrats could be desperate. do you agree with that? >> they're certainly very worried. the degree of concern they had over the president's performance in denver is much deeper than we even thought. they're very, very worried about that. they're looking for joe biden to come out and deliver a lot of zingers and attack lines that barack obama didn't. this is the second chance in the presidential debate. there is not another actual presidential debate until october 16th. bill: listen how paul ryan explains how he sees vice president joe biden. >> he is fast on the cuff. he is a witty guy. he knows who he is and been doing this for 40 years. so, you're not going to rattle joe biden. joe biden has been on the national stage. he ran for president tw
, for a campaign rally with republican presidential candidate mitt romney. later, president obama rallies with supporters in las vegas. >> tuesday british labour party leader ed miliband delivers remarks in manchester. we'll have live coverage from england here on c-span2 starting at 9:15 a.m. eastern. also tuesday on c-span2, a look at what happens to individual taxes if the bush era tax cuts expire. former congressional budget office director douglas holtz-eakin and other economists look at the issue. our live coverage from the urban institute here in washington, d.c. starts at noon eastern. >> every generation through our history has worked and sacrificed to leave a better country to their children and grandchildren and future generations. we, we were then spending their money, we are now even more, much more, spending their money, and we are leaving them a mess that will be a very difficult to deal with, and if we are that weak, just think of who wants to come here first and take us over. now, the last thing i ever want to see is to see our country taken over because we're so financia
. >> well, basically, you know, we're just disappointed that governor romney and president obama haven't addressed gun violence in a concrete, specific way. and so basically we're demanding a plan from both of them. in advance of a presidential election, and presidential debate in denver, and asking that they put forth something specific, aside from just platitudes and moments of silence, and actually get down to the business of preventing that violence. >> how likely do you think it is, i mean ron has covered more -- more presidential debates than the rest of us. >> you know, this issue i think has been shelved by a myth. and the myth is since al gore lost in 2000 that gun control is overwhelmingly been rejected by the country. in fact the country is very closely divided. almost exactly in half. support has diminished since bill clinton was in august and was making the case for it. you contrast columbine when there was enormous white house focus and national conversation after those shootings to what happened here where there is the silence. democrats in particular have been intimidat
the extra resources are being denied despite firebombings and online death threats. vice presidential nominee paul ryan seizing onnthe commission to launch attacks at the democratic ticket. >> feature if you turn on the ty you can see that the obama foreign-policy is unraveling before our eyes. it's not just an isolated incident where we lost four americans in libya. that's tragic. but it is part of a bigger story of the unraveling of this agenda all over the world. we have distanced our ally, israel, we are not advancing our interests in the middle east, and the president is promising we will have these devastating cuts to our national defense. ashley: meanwhile the white house engaged in a series of secret talks on the attack on al qaeda. it included the possibility of unilateral military action against al qaeda in the region. yet still american diplomats on the ground in libya denied additional security to ensure their safety. we take up all this right here tonight, we have retired lieutenant colonel, and also, moody's chief economist on why wall street might not care who wins this
is colorado. and the candidates are preparing for the first presidential debate in denver tomorrow. mitt romney is trailing far behindn fr latino voters, and he made news on illegal immigration today. back in june, president obama announced that he would not deport illegal immigrants who came here as children with their parents. well, today romney told the "denver post": >> pelley: jan crawford is covering the romney campaign. jan, that's new. >> reporter: well, scott, this marks the first time that romney has said he's not going to take away the two-year visas from the people holding them. campgnrces say he's not going to extend them and romney said in the interview that's not going to be necessary because he's going to be ointerm immigr. but this two-year visa program is popular with hispanics, that's a group that could decide the election and romney's got to make up some ground. there's a new cnn poll that has the president with 70% of the vote among hispanics compared to romney's 26%. romney is hitting the president hard on immigration. he's saying he's playing politics with this iss
's stick to your calls. will the vice-presidential candidates impact your vote? in harvey, louisiana, our first caller. caller: good morning. obama and biden are cutting the military and they don't even say much about it on the news. things will be cut, especially in the navy. there are many people in afghanistan and they will go out with no retirement. as far as romney, i'm not happy with him either. host: our next call is kevin on the line from the democrats. caller: my view on paul ryan is that his health-care plan, the vouchers, it allows an increase based on inflation. in the last 10 years the cost of health care has gone up 11% per year. so it would be up to the individual voucher holder to pay the difference. this has had a tremendous impact on the votes of older people. recent polls show older people are leaving the republican party because of the direct impact of paul ryan as being chosen as vice president. host: let's hear from john in pennsylvania on the independent line. good morning. will the vice-presidential candidates impact your vote? are you there? let's try missoni in f
packed a high school sunday night to listen to president obama. >> stand with me and work with me, we'll win clark county again. we'll win nevada again. we'll win this election again. >> reporter: it was the president's last scheduled appearance before the first presidential debate on wednesday. like his opponent, he's trying to lower expectations. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who is going to have the best zinger. governor romney is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: mitt romney heads to colorado today for his last minute cram session. romney fit in another rehearsal after church in boston sunday. he's been practicing since june. while many believe wednesday's debate is a must-win for romney, his running mate paul ryan says this will not be a defining moment. >> i don't think one event will make-or-break this campaign. >> reporter: apparently not everyone got the memo to down play expectations. >> thursday morning you'll all be scratching your heads and say wow we have a barn burner now. >> reporter: the debate will center on domestic issues includi
demagoguery from the seventies to obama." are going to talk about that. where do you think the presidential race is right now. guest: mitt romney is looking very good peer that is why in the obama administration did not want to run against mitt romney. he was the most threatening of the candidates. it is very hard to take on an incumbent. it has only happened -- republicans have only done at one time in the last few years. is in the last time it happened when clinton took out bush? it is curious, for example, there were 70 million viewers of that debate the other night, the highest it has been since 1992, the last time an incumbent was taken out. that is because people are uncomfortable with obama, but if they are not political knocks, like we are, they have not been paying attention, or have not been watching the debates and the just want to see who the challenger is and whether they are comparable with him. after monday night, everybody is pretty comfortable with mitt romney. >> i was reading back on your twitter feed. back in february you were saying conservatives should support mitt rom
presidential in that group. we'll see how he does next to president obama which i think is a little bit different. >> yeah. >> that ohio poll is interesting because the cbs one we had last week had it at ten points. now we have another one showing it at nine points. if you start to look at the map, if he doesn't take iowa, if it gets away from him, it becomes difficult to put a puzzle together to win. >> by the way, there has been this narrative that there is the grand conspiracy and that the polls are skewed. this is what walter mondale said in 1984. this is what moveon.org said in 2004, that all the polls were skewed against john kerry and moveon.org said you just wait. and now you're hearing it frantically on the other side, which ironically, again, they are putting fox news in the grand conspiracy. >> what about the conference call today that we have to plan and organize? >> exactly. my point is here we've got a couple of local polls that are showing this, and more importantly, and you guys talk to the romney people all the time. i certainly talk to them all the time. i can tell you
manipulator. good >> we have been winning those cases. >> wednesday president obama and ms. runnymede in their first presidential debate. watch and engage with our live debate preview at 7:00 p.m. eastern followed with two ways to watch the debate at 9:00. on tuesday, the entire debate common and your reaction, calls, e-mails, and tweets. follow it on c-span and online at c-span.org. >> nit romney's event is a rally at the air and space museum in denver. that will be live in about 15 minutes. in a few minutes, an interview with ross perot. in a little more than an hour, tonight's debate between the candidates in massachusetts, scott brown and elizabeth warren. later, a debate for the candidates for senator in nebraska. today's newspaper features a front-page article on ross perot. we travel to the office thursday to report the interview the article is based on. now this is an hour. goo [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> ross perot, i want to know how long has it been since you have been in the public 5. >
, looking at the debating styles of president obama and mitt romney speaking with a presidential of journalism from northwestern and the it george mason debate director. we will look at past debates. also, this evening journalists and political communications scholars will be talking about the upcoming debates. it aims to help citizens watch and understand the three presidential debates this month. that is coming up tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern. the last debate will have a theme of foreign policy. the carnegie endowment for international peace recently hosted a panel on the president's role in leading foreign policy talking about american influence, the changing international order, and more. among the panelists is a thomas friedman. this is about an hour and half. >> good evening. my name is david rothkopf and i will be the moderator for this carnegie endowment discussion about how the next american president should engage the world. this is a debate format it discussion. we have a terrific group here. on my right, we have john ikenberry from princeton. next to him as thomas fr
obama and mitt romney. you will hear from former presidential hopeful and utah governor john huntsman, former representative bart gordon and weekly standard editor bill kristol. this is hosted by the brookings institution. [inaudible conversations] >> okay. good morning. we would like to get started. vice president of government studies for technology innovation at the brookings institution, and i would like to welcome you to today's event on campaign leaders. we are what casting today's events. it would like to welcome those of you watching via the internet we also have c-span with us today. we will be live tweeting the event using-tag bi leader. any of you who wish to post comments or ask questions during the event, please do so. during the q&a portion we will take questions from our live audience here as well as our virtual audience. the question about leadership has been a big part of the 2012 elections. the presidential candidate conduct offers insight into its leadership style and approach to management. so the questions we will be looking at today is how does the 2012 president
. that is what people will be listening for. >> tonight, president obama and mitt romney meet in their first presidential debate. watch and engage with c-span with our live debate preview at 7:00 p.m. eastern, followed by two ways to watch the debate at 9:00 p.m. on c-span, both candidates on screen at 9:00 p.m. and following, your reactions, calls, and tweet. a follow our live coverage on c- span, c-span radio, and online at c-span.org. >> and a live look at some of what you might see if you are on hand at the site of tonight's debate. this is the area near the media tent, which is just down the street on the university of denver campus. this is where members of the press are gathered for tonight's coverage. the school is prepared for about 3000 journalists, some importers -- journalists and supporters to be on hand. president obama and governor romney have rehearsal time in the fall schedule to start at about 2:45 p.m. eastern. the debate hall has been closed all day. there has been no access at all. again, live coverage of the debate begins with a preview i 7:00 p.m. and then the policy d
are beginning to hedge their bets away from republican presidential hopeful to help republicans in key house and senate races instead. charlie gasparino has exclusive details on this. what does this mean, charlie? do they think president obama is going to get reelected? >> yes. or likely. this isn't a new trend. i've been reporting stuff coming out of the romney campaign last couple weeks. in the last week we see this type of trend. it is not money going from republicans to, from romney to president obama. it is more or less, money that was going to, or pledged to mitt romney's presidential campaign being diverted to house and senate seats. you have key republican donors, many in the new york area, that is one of the good things about covering wall street, i know a lot of the big money twice here. that money, from what i understand is starting to be diverted to hoist and senate races. that is not good news for mitt romney. could this change? i could tell you this. i talked to people inside the romney campaign. they confirmed the trend. they confirmed the trend is beginning. they believe it i
the american people saw at that presidential debate last week. they saw mitt romney going toe to toe with president obama and so now is another chance they think for the american people to say mitt romney filling out the role as commander in chief and laying out his foreign policy principles and then after the speech is over he will be meeting in a round table with a group of retired generals. again, another one of those images that the campaign would like to put out there of mitt romney as commander in chief. just to talk a little about what you and wolf were talking about a few moments ago, you go into the excerpts and you can take away a few different things. i was listening to a call yesterday and you just mentioned the situation in syria and they were talking about this idea of providing arms to the rebels in syria as an idea that would appeal to the left as to people who look at this from a humanitarian standpoint, and so it was interesting to hear the romney campaign talk about that issue from this standpoint. the other thing they raised on this conference call and that you al
than 11,000 people packed a high school in las vegas sunday night to listen to president obama. >> stand with me and work with me, we'll win clark county again. we'll win nevada again. we'll win this election again. >> reporter: it was the president's last scheduled appearance before the first presidential debate on wednesday. like his opponent, he's trying to lower expectations. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who is going to have the best zinger. governor romney is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: mitt romney heads to colorado today for his last minute cram session. romney fit in another rehearsal after church in boston on sunday. he's been practicing since june. while many believe wednesday's debate is a must-win for romney, his running mate paul ryan says this will not be a defining moment. >> i don't think one event will make-or-break this campaign. >> reporter: apparently not everyone got the memo to down play expectations. >> thursday morning you'll all be scratching your heads and say wow we have a barn burner now. >> reporter: the deb
that it could still swing back after the next debate. we have the vice-presidential debate coming up on thursday but the bigger one will be following week at hofstra university when mitt romney and president obama go head-to-head again. that is different kind of format. the town hall format. president and mitt romney will talk to individual voters asking questions, that may be a better format for the president. jon: but it does seem that states like ohio and nevada are getting tighter, and you know, with, well the election is four weeks from tomorrow. if that momentum holds for the romney team, it could really be a surprising turn around come election day? >> it certainly could. of course the romney campaign and republican national committee did a big turnout drive this past weekend. they have been doing a lot of that. we've seen it, we've seen it more from democrats. they have been exposing some of their organizational advantages all summer long. we're just now seeing how much the romney campaign is doing in some of these states. you're right, it absolutely could turn around. until we see romne
of the very first debate between president obama and governor mitt romney. fox news alert for you right now. this a news conference underway concerning breaking news in the presidential race. a pennsylvania judge decide tog puing to put a voter i.d. law on hold. this is a ruling that has upset conservatives already. some are calling it a victory for voter shaun. eric shawn is live with here. >> reporter: they are calling this decision a big win, the aclu. at pennsylvania when you show up at the polls in november you will be asked, or you could be asked to show your voter i.d., but understand this new ruling you don't have to show it. both sides indeed calling this a victory. it comes from commonwealth judge robert simpson. he backed the law originally and let voter i.d. stay but it's not enforced in order to vote. he blocked part of the law that requires people without an i.d. to vote by provisional ballot if they provide documentation within six days. he feared that could diseven franchise voters if people couldn't come up with the proof. he's also concerned about the distribution of id's
.m. in the east. up first this morning we are counting down to the showdown in denver. president obama and mitt romney preparing to square off wednesday night in the first of three critical presidential debates. both sides are falling all over each other to praise the other candidate to lower expectations for their own candidate, except for one guy, new jersey governor chris christie, who's setting the bar very high for his own guy, the republican nominee. >> he's going to come in wednesday night, have his vision for america. he's going to contrast what his view with what the president's record is. the president's view for the future. and this whole race is going to be turned upside down come thursday morning. >> the whole race turned upside down. setting the bar very high. cnn political reporter peter hamby joins me live from washington. exactly what was chris christie doing there? it doesn't seem to be part of the romney campaign playbook. >> he was being chris christie. even though the romney campaign approves when their surrogates go on campaign trails, he'll just go off the rails and say w
much. what they want to do, they being the romney-obama campaigns, is hope these debates focus in on that small percentage of americans who are still undecided. those are the people they're reaching out to at these three presidential debates. suzanne. >> all right. paul, we'll be watching. thank you. don't forget, can you watch all the debate action right here on cnn. cnn's life coverage of wednesday night's debate starting at 7:00 eastern. here's what we're working on for this hour. sasha m and maliyah all grown up. how is michelle obama preparing her daughters for the dating world. steve harvey found out. he is going to share his interview with her coming up. plus -- >> i'm trusting ow this, and i'll see you then. >> who was that? sounded intense. >> the president. >> sweet. >> he plays a stoner in "harold and kumar" movies, but he has the president's ear. >>> plus, a secret child, serial cheater as well. arnold schwarzenegger. we go in depth. why his behavior and why some people cheat. when you take a closer look... ...at the best schools in the world... ...you see they all
-policy speech, mitt romney said president obama is passive in the middle east. and it is time to change course in the region. he spoke at the virginia military institute in lexington, virginia. foreign policy will be the focus of the third presidential debate. this is 30 minutes. [applause] >> thank you. thank you ladies and gentlemen. it is an honor for me to be here with all of you. the great cadets at military -- but in a military institute. the bad news is i was here in spring for a parade in amnesty but no such luck today. i want to thank the general for his amazing leadership. i am sure you agree we are raising up a tremendous new class of young men and women that will lead this military and this nation going forward. i appreciate his work as well as congressman goodlatte. vmi is the oldest state- supported military institution in the united states and i would say the best. since its founding, this institution has been incredibly dedicated to the cause of honor and service. vmi has produced some of the finest officers that the military has known and during its nearly two centuries of ser
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